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Maitland, Joseph M. (1839-1918) to Bell Wharton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.10.136 Author/Creator: Maitland, Joseph M. (1839-1918) Place Written: Memphis, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 October 1864 Pagination: 5 p. : envelope ; 24.5 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to Bell from the "Rooms of General Court Martial" in Memphis. Reports he likes his new job clerking and his room is very nice with a good bed, a coal grate, and gas lighting. Says his work is from nine o'clock in the morning until noon with the rest of the day free. Informs him he received a package from an unknown sender with the "Democratic Ticket" in it and a request to distribute them in the regiment and use his influence in favor of McClellan. Exclaims he does not intend to vote for McClellan. Anticipates the war will be over soon. Discovers he has bed-bugs and is sleeping on the floor. Mentions General [William T.] Sherman and General [John B.] Hood's exchange of prisoners. Letter is four pages and is accompanied by a fragment and a wrapper filled with dried flowers. Envelope includes a three cent stamp.

Background Information: Joseph Maitland enlisted on 8 August 1862 as a Private. He was mustered into "G" Co. OH 95th Infantry. He was mustered out 31 May 1865 at Memphis, Tennessee.

People: Maitland, Joseph M., 1839-1918
Wharton, Bell, b.1843
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891
Hood, John Bell, 1831-1879

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterGovernment and CivicsPresidentPersonal HygieneConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaPrisoner of WarWomen's HistoryMilitary LawHome FurnishingsUnion GeneralDemocratic PartyPoliticsElection

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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